week ending 5 November 2010
Co-op Energy Farms
The Co-operative Bank in Manchester has agreed a £2.1m funding package for a north west company with plans to build a new generation of innovative ‘energy farms’. Lancashire-based Farmgen aims to build 50 environmentally-friendly anaerobic digestion power plants, which mimic the processes inside a cow’s stomach to generate a methane-rich biogas. The farm-based plants are fuelled by crops grown on site, and Farmgen has already agreed a deal to supply energy to Marks & Spencer.
Manchester Evening News 5th Nov 2010 more >>
Energy Efficient Office Scheme Overdue
The UK is lagging behind in designing energy-efficient office buildings and business premises, experts have claimed. Commenting on the creation of the government’s new Energy Efficient Whitehall scheme, The Renewable Energy Centre.co.uk said the fact it has taken until 2010 for such a project to be put in place shows “how far behind the curve we are”. Under the new scheme, four government departments will install energy-efficient technology and try to change staff behaviour to energy usage to provide an example for green office and business premises.
Low Carbon Economy 5th Nov 2010 more >>
Low Carbon Housing not up to standard
Improvements must be made within the building industry if the 2016 zero-carbon target is to be met, a new report has claimed. The study, conducted by Leeds Metropolitan University on behalf of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, found that current low carbon housing projects are not up to standard.
Low Carbon Economy 5th Nov 2010 more >>
Green Deal consumer advisory group
On Wednesday, I attended the first meeting of the Green Deal Consumer Advisory Group chaired by Greg Barker MP. The aim of this group is to help ensure that the Green Deal is developed taking into account the views and concerns of citizens. The enormity of the challenge soon became apparent and the first meeting was barely able to scratch the surface of the task. The Green Deal is proposing that all households should be eligible for an energy assessment that will provide them with guidance on the investment choices that they can make and also give them behaviour change advice. This will be the first point of contact that households will have with the Green Deal and the assessments will need to have integrity, independence, consistency and be of a high quality. Working out the funding model to achieve this, finding people with the skills able to deliver the assessments and ensuring there is a good level of quality control is a major task for policy-makers.
Business Green 4th Nov 2010 more >>
AN ECO-firm is hoping to go greener with plans for the installation of a 35-metre wind turbine. West Coast Energy – based in Mynydd Awel, Mold Business Park – has submitted a planning application to Flintshire County Council for an on-site generator. Should the plan be successful, it will allow the facility to produce its own electricity and become self-sufficient.
Flintshire Chronicle 4th Nov 2010 more >>
A retired businessman has been given the council’s go-ahead to build an environmentally-friendly home on the edge of Bath. “Further to the successful application for a wind turbine at the site, we now have an approved application which will see Bath’s first ever carbon-negative home, meaning the building will actually produce surplus green electricity. I’m extremely pleased this application was approved and hope that other properties in Bath and indeed the country follow this lead.”
Bath Chronicle 4th Nov 2010 more >>
Devon Solar Farm
THE FIRST solar farm in the UK could have more than a million panels and put Holsworthy on the sunny side of the renewable energy boom. Bristol-based Green Company says it wants to lease as much land as it can around the town to cover with three metre high solar panels. It already says it has options on more than 50 acres and is talking to more landowners after recent presentations in Holsworthy and Hatherleigh.
This is North Devon 4th Nov 2010 more >>
BEAMA’s marketing director Kelly Butler has welcomed the Government’s sustained commitment to develop the renewable heat market by announcing its intention to launch the Renewable Heat Incentive from June 2011. The UK’s legally binding renewable energy target always meant that a Renewable Heat Incentive had to be launched, despite the economic challenges we face. The real challenge now is to ensure the scheme is designed to be attractive to the customer - and help grow the market for important technologies such as heat pumps.
Plumbing Park 4th Nov 2010 more >>
Welsh support network
Welsh environment minister Jane Davidson has today (November 4) launched a Welsh Microgen Network to provide installers of small-scale renewables with an opportunity to regularly discuss the issues and challenges facing the sector. The network was established with the co-operation of the industry and has been launched as part of a wider package of support aimed at helping Welsh SMEs to profit from the renewable energy sector. This includes interest free loans and practical advice to help installers through the industry certification process.
New Energy Focus 4th Nov 2010 more >>
Biogas delivered to grid
Adnams, the nationally renowned Suffolk based beer maker, has delivered the first renewable gas made from brewery and local food waste this autumn to the National Grid from its pioneering new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant.
Environment Times 3rd Nov 2010 more >>
More details emerged Tuesday about the Government’s Green Deal. Michelle Ward asks whether the nationwide energy efficiency scheme will equal a good deal for small businesses. Expected to launch in Autumn 2012, the Green Deal programme will help property owners make energy-efficient upgrades with no up front costs. Though most of the details currently available refer to houses and residential rental units, specifications for business involvement are expected to become clearer over the next few months.
Green Wise Business 3rd Nov 2010 more >>
Solar Car Parks
THERE is nothing remotely “green” about them. But in future council car parks in Hull could power themselves by photovoltaic panels on their rooftops. Hull Council is about to go out to tender for a feasibility study to assess the practicalities of the scheme.
Yorkshire Post 3rd Nov 2010 more >>
Cornwall’s Second Solar Farm
Cornwall’s efforts to become a world leader in renewable energy were given another boost after plans were announced for a second solar farm. Alec Robertson, the leader of Cornwall Council, outlined the plans for a second multi-million pound project after announcing the authority’s emergency budget last week. The cash-strapped council needs to find £110 million in savings over four years to plug a local government funding reduction. Councillors last month (OCT) agreed to borrow £14 million to pay for the first solar wind farm of its kind in the UK, on land near Newquay Cornwall Airport, which could be built as early as next spring. The authority is banking on tapping into the Government’s Feed-in Tariffs (F-iT) to earn money back on the amount of green electricity it provides the National Grid.
This is Cornwall 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
Northern Ireland Green New Deal
The Northern Ireland Green New Deal group plans to revive the province’s economy through job creation while building a sustainable energy network. The Northern Ireland Green New Deal group is launching a business plan which will propose, through investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy, ways of tackling the |recession, energy security and climate change. The Green New Deal group is a coalition of 40 organisations and individuals from across the public, private and third sectors led by Bryson Group, the Confederation of Business Industry (CBI), Energy Saving Trust, Friends of the Earth, Irish Confederation of Trade Unions, the Institute of Directors, Nicva, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, the Sustainable Development Commission, Utility Regulator and Ulster Farmers Union.
Belfast Telegraph 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
Since the Totnes Renewable Energy Society unveiled its plans to build two wind turbines on the outskirts of the town as part of a bigger £4million energy provision scheme, they have raised more than £12,000 through a share issue to local people and businesses. Around 300 people attended an exhibition to take a closer look at the wind farm plans which could provide power to 2,500 homes. The society says the response from those who took the time to view the scheme was overwhelmingly positive.
Herald Express 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
Herald Express 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
Gloucestershire Solar Jobs
A new solar panel energy company is about to create up to 80 jobs as it launches itself on the “green” power market. Solar Technology PV Energy is based in Bredon, near Tewkesbury and has been set up by managing director Adrian Williams. Of the 80 new jobs around a quarter will be based in Gloucestershire and includes fitters, administrative, sales and promotional staff.
This is Gloucestershire 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
South West Business 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
A government proposal announced today (November 2) to help improve householders’ energy efficiency has been hailed as the “ideal complement” to the forthcoming Renewable Heat Incentive. Speaking today (November 2) energy secretary Chris Huhne outlined details of the proposed ‘Green Deal’, which involves the creation of up to 100,000 insulation sector jobs by 2015 under the pledge to help upgrade British homes. Responding to the announcement, trade body the Renewable Energy Association (REA) said that the heat subsidy would help boost the “cost effectiveness” of the government proposal.
New Energy Focus 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
England’s home owners will be able to fit their properties with energy-saving insulation at no upfront cost from the end of 2012 onwards, the government said on Tuesday. Under a proposed plan called the “Green Deal”, government-accredited insulation installers will make improvements such as loft or cavity wall insulation to homes and businesses for a fee, which homeowners or renters will pay in instalments. The Government said it hoped to extend the deal to Wales and Scotland, which have their own laws on energy efficiency.
Euro Investor 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
STV 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
The government is to beef up legislation forcing landlords to pay a fine if they rent properties without proper insulation. The new strictures on the quality of homes are included in the “green deal” which the government will announce today and put before parliament in December. By the autumn of 2012, the government says the scheme will enable homeowners to make their house or flat energy-efficient with no immediate payments.
Guardian 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
Times 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
Business Green 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
A plan to allow millions of people to insulate their homes using savings from future energy bills will today be endorsed by ministers – despite fears the scheme could become a “cowboy builders’ charter”.
Independent 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
The total capacity of Feed-in Tariff installations registered in October 2010 was 30% lower than the figures recorded for the two previous months, according to renewables incentive support company Ownergy. The company said that its analysis had found that 8.2MW of renewables installations were registered for the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) subsidy last month, compared to 11.91MW in September 2010 and 11.282MW in August 2010. And, it said that, while some of the fall could be attributed to seasonal factors, it believed speculation over the future of the FiT in the lead-up to last month’s Spending Review did undermine investor confidence, which could have contributed to the slump in registrations.
New Energy Focus 1st Nov 2010 more >>
Dorset Solar Farm
Plans for Dorset’s first solar energy farm are set to go on public display this week. If given the green light, the Parley Solar Farm is expected to generate enough energy to meet the electricity needs of 1,100 homes each year.
New Energy Focus 1st Nov 2010 more >>
Low Carbon Economy 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
Heat Pump Targets
The government’s chief scientific adviser has urged installers to play a key role in the delivery of the UK’s climate change targets while admitting that the UK must undergo “significant electrification” in the coming decades. In the keynote speech at the Bosch Forum, held at the House of Lords, professor David Mackay from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), outlined the government’s preferred route to meet its legally binding climate change targets, called Pathway Alpha. Setting a target for 20 million heat pumps in operation by 2050, professor Mackay re-affirmed his support for heat pump technology. “The recent Energy Saving Trust report has highlighted a clear need for improvement in performance, but I still believe there is a role for this technology. I have seen the figures from Germany where heat pumps are delivering a co-efficient of performance of 4.”
Heating & Plumbing Monthly 1st Nov 2010 more >>
A PIONEERING scheme to harness the power of trees has been launched in South Devon. South Devon Biomass Company will be turning logs into fuel for cozy fires and boilers to help the area wean itself off dependence on fossil fuels. Dominic Acland, director of Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, said: “An important strand of our work is trying to help the local community become less dependent on fossil fuels and foreign imports on gas and oil.
Herald Express 1st Nov 2010 more >>
BOSSES of what was once the region’s top agricultural college have pledged to restore some its former glory, after taking the campus off the market. Now the college’s board wants to retain the site, refurbish its buildings, take on more courses and students and re-establish its reputation, and get into renewable energy generation, as part of a five-year refurbishment.
Northern Echo 1st Nov 2010 more >>
EAST Lancashire students have gained worldwide recognition for creating the country’s first ever carbon neutral classroom. Students at Accrington Academy were invited to an international architecture conference in America with some of the world’s leading and innovative designers to pitch their idea for classrooms of the future. The £350,000 classroom incorporates a wind turbine and photovoltaic cells for electricity, solar panels for hot water, a rainwater harvesting system for minimal water waste and a pond to attract wildlife, which can be observed in a ‘hide’.
Bolton News 1st Nov 2010 more >>
Lancashire Telegraph 1st Nov 2010 more >>
Forth Energy announced its plans to host three public exhibition days at various venues in Edinburgh to share their proposals for “a Renewable Energy Plant within the Port of Leith.”
Guardian Edinburgh 1st Nov 2010 more >>
Edinburgh Evening News 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
The Chancellor of the Exchequer confirmed within the Spending Review that the £860m Renewable Heat Incentive, the first of its kind in the world, will go ahead next year. However, it will now be funded from the public purse and reduced in scope by 20%. At the same time, the Government has made it clear that it is prepared to reduce the Feed-In Tariffs rates ahead of the scheduled review in 2013 if there is higher than expected uptake. Philip Wolfe, chairman of Ownergy and architect of the Feed-In Tariffs and Renewable Heat Incentive schemes in his former role as Director-General of the Renewable Energy Association, commented: “Though the go ahead for the Renewable Heat Incentive is welcome, the announcement today still leaves the industry in limbo as the Government has not said how it will make 20% savings on the scheme. This must be the first time a green incentive has been cut before it was even introduced! This would not have been necessary if the Government had adopted the more progressive approach of funding the RHI from the sales of unsustainable fossil heating fuels.
ADF Online 2nd Nov 2010 more >>
The University of Nottingham has unveiled plans to erect three wind turbines on the banks of the River Trent to power its main campus.
BBC 30th Oct 2010 more >>
A new clean tech company called Totempower Energy Systems Ltd. has come up with an easy way to put wind power within the grasp of everyday homeowners. The company is developing new micro-wind turbines that are designed for close quarters and non-disruptive installation, but the real key to getting more micro-wind turbines into consumers’ hands is the company’s “ease of ownership” plan.
Clean Technica 30th Oct 2010 more >>
Councillor Andrew Waller will visit one of the prototype homes on Temple Avenue, which have been built by Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust to test different construction methods for their future developments, including the major Derwenthorpe housing project. This £8m project – which is the largest building of its kind in Europe and opened in December 2006 has incorporated green technologies such as a rainwater harvesting, solar panels and a wind turbine.
Yorkshire Post 29th Oct 2010 more >>
THREE local firms are working to transform the new Accrington railway building in to Northern Rail’s first ‘eco station.’. The £2.5million project, which will be finished before the end of the year, will create a whole new station building on the east side of the tracks. The site, off Blackburn Road and Eagle Street, will be fitted with wind turbines and solar panels, while rainwater will be used for the sinks and toilets. Thirty photovoltaic solar panels that will reduce carbon emissions by over two tonnes a year are being supplied and fitted by local businesses.
Bolton News 29th Oct 2010 more >>
The Government has called on communities and businesses to set up more hydropower schemes, promising incentives. The Climate Change Minister Greg Barker yesterday launched a new guide to help those looking to set up hydro schemes and confirmed the Government would support the renewable energy technology through the Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs).
Green Wise Business 29th Oct 2010 more >>
Local Growth White Paper
The government has published a White Paper on Local Growth which ties together all of its plans for renewable energy schemes at a local level, including giving communities the power to retain the business rates from renewable projects.
New Energy Focus 29th Oct 2010 more >>
Local Solar Panels
A website showcasing some of the UK’s best Solar Panel Installers
Local Solar Panels November 2010 more >>